• Ricard Zapata-Barrero - GRITIM - UPF 
  • Evren Yalaz - GRITIM-UPF
  • Dirk Jacobs - ULB

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This research cluster brings together the researchers who are interested in the issues of Qualitative and Conceptual Research in Migration Studies. Its central aim is to review and map a research agenda  addressing the following questions: when and why qualitative methodology becomes essential for researching migration, how it takes different shapes, adopts different logics, and uses different techniques, what kind of innovative qualitative research tools better serve to migration research, what kind of conceptual, theoretical and methodological challenges researchers in this field face, and how these challenges can be addressed and possibly lessened. This research cluster draws on the premise that the migration-related concepts are not cut in stone, nor value-free. Therefore, it aims to promote qualitative and conceptual research on new and old concepts related to migration studies such as integration, super-diversity, transnationalism, multi/interculturalism, cohesion, solidarity, equality, justice, secularism etc. In the context of these scientific objectives, this research cluster serves as a platform of researchers that come from diverse disciplinary and international backgrounds, work on conceptually different topics of the migration research agenda, use different research designs (comparative, single-case study, historical analysis etc.), and are at different stages of their professional careers. The research cluster has three main objectives: to promote a network of researchers interested in the issues of qualitative and conceptual research in migration studies; to support research activities and collaborations of its members, knowledge production and its dissemination; and to contribute to methodological training of young researchers.


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  • Ambrosini, Maurizio: Professor of Sociology of Migration at the University of Milan. 
  • Arrighi, Jean-Thomas: Ph.D. Research Fellow, NCCR on the move, University of Neuchâtel; Lecturer at University of Neuchâtel and University of Lucerne; and Associate researcher, GRITIM-UPF and GLOBALCIT-EUI.
  • Aydin, Seda: Ph.D. candidate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Barglowski, Karolina: Junior professor of the Sociology of Migration at the Institute of Sociology at Technical University Dortmund.
  • Bello, Valeria: Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM).
  • Boccagni, Paolo: Associate professor, University of Trento.
  • Borkert, Maren: Marie Sklodowska Curie Experienced Researcher at the School for Economics and Management at the Technical University Berlin.
  • Cappiali, Teresa: Postdoctoral Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy.
  • Fauser, Margit: Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University.
  • Faustini Torres, Luisa: Ph.D Candidate at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
  • Frisina, Annalisa: Associate Professor at the University of Padova.
  • Ghebremariam Tesfaù, Mackda: Ph.D. Candidate at Università degli Studi di Padova.
  • Gianfreda, Stella: Ph. D Candidate at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS).
  • Grigoras, Costel: Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Sorbonne University.
  • Iosifides, Theodoros: Professor of Social Research Methods and Co-Head of the Laboratory of Population Movements (LAPOM), Department of Geography, the University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • Jacobs, Dirk: Professor in Sociology at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
  • Kaşlı, Zeynep: Ph.D. Post-doctoral researcher at Erasmus University, Department of Public Administration and Sociology, & lecturer at Leiden University, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society.
  • Kastoryano, Riva: Research Director CNRS (CERI) and Professor at Sciences Po.
  • King, Russell: Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex. 
  • Leurs, Koen: Assistant professor in Gender and Postcolonialism Studies, Utrecht University.
  • Lopez Berengueres, Siresa: Ph.D Candidate. Research Assistant at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris. 
  • Medda-Windischer, Roberta: PhD, LL.M. - Senior Researcher/Group Leader at Eurac Research Institute for Minority Rights.
  • Mestvirishvili, Maia: Associate Professor at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Mestvirishvili, Natia: Ph.D. in Psychology, Tbilisi State University.
  • Moraska, Ewa: Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.
  • Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva: Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Penko Teixeira, Caio: Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Studies at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
  • Prokic, Mina: Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Reslow, Natasja: Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University. 
  • Sabchev, Tihomir: Ph.D Candidate in Department of Law, Utrecht University/ University College Roosevelt.
  • Scholten, Peter: Professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. 
  • Schrooten, Mieke: Ph.D. Lecturer in Social Work at Odisee University College. 
  • Spiri, Silvio: Ph.D. in Philosophy, President of Cultural Center Saint Martin – Apulia Region, Italy; Teacher MIUR – Cesare Battisti in Velletri (RM).
  • Triandafyllidou, Anna: Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute.
  • Van Liempt, Ilse: Assistant Professor in Urban Geography and Qualitative Research Methods in the Human Geography Department at Utrecht University.
  • Wisthaler, Verena: Ph.D. Senior researcher at EURAC Research and Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel.
  • Yalaz, Evren: Ph.D. Senior Researcher at GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration - Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
  • Zapata-Barrero, Ricard: Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain). Director of GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration).


Agenda of activities

  • July 2018: IMISCOE workshop for research cluster kick-off meeting (IMISCOE annual conference in Barcelona)
  • January 2019: Seminar on “The Practice of Qualitative Research in Migration Studies: Ethical Issues as a Methodological Challenge” (January 25, 2019 - GRITIM-UPF, Barcelona). See the seminar program here.


  • Zapata-Barrero, Ricard, and Evren Yalaz, eds. 2018. Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies. Amsterdam: Springer - IMISCOE Research Series (ISBN:  978-3-319-76860-1) | Open Access